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According to Google, Diaoyutai belongs to Japan!

September 26th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Is Google siding with Japan’s claims at the expense of China? Search for “Diaoyutai” or the Chinese character equivalent, “钓鱼台群岛,” you’ll not be able to find the disputed islands. Circled in red below is where a pin should be placed. Nothing shows up.

"Diaoyutai" or "钓鱼台群岛" not labeled on disputed islands between China and Japan.

Instead, if you search for “Senkaku-shoto,” Google Maps takes you to the disputed islands. They are labeled with Japanese names. Same effect if you explore that part of the world without the keyword search.  See snapshot below:

Google Maps label disputed island in Japanese name only.

These search results and screen snapshots are as of September 25, 2010.

Within Google, it is clear the company is “anti-China.” A neutral way to handle the labeling of these islands is simply to offer the Chinese names as well. Also, to indicate the territory is disputed between China and Japan. Microsoft’s mapping service actually has a disclaimer indicating the area is in dispute.

Google is in the process of applying to offer mapping services in China. It’d be bizarre if the Chinese regulatory bodies do not require Google Maps to first make its information politically neutral across the globe. In this same vein, the Chinese government should make this a requirement for all corporations doing business within China.

This simple truth about Google’s mapping service should be spread far and wide within China. Some may argue the title of this article has gone too far. Google hasn’t come out and take such a strong position. But the undeniable truth is that Google indeed has taken such a position on the politics behind how the islands are labeled.

Google has been rather nasty towards China lately. See one of our featured posts by Allen: “Google vs. China – Good vs. Evil?

  1. Asian
    September 26th, 2010 at 03:24 | #1

    Diaoyu Island belongs to China, a fact google and no body can deny!

  2. tc
    September 26th, 2010 at 07:06 | #2

    I won’t be surprised one bit, if google says Taiwan belongs to Japan, despite the official name of Taiwan is “the Republic of China”.

  3. September 26th, 2010 at 08:21 | #3

    I fundamentally distrust private, for-profit companies to do good – as much as some in the West distrust “non-democratic” governments (however they want to define it) to do good.

    I guess I am just another plain old ideologue… 😉

  4. r v
    September 26th, 2010 at 09:15 | #4

    Google has just admitted to colluding with other big tech corporations in the “no-poaching” deal, with the goal of keeping wages low and profits up.

    Neutrality is always suspect in view of profits.

  5. jiang
    October 4th, 2010 at 19:34 | #5

    Why google is such a bastard company? if it is doing business merely so stand off.

  6. October 4th, 2010 at 22:23 | #6

    Some Western capitalist companies will seek profit from hate, ignorance, and malice.

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